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Gartner Invest/Community Vision: Microsoft's New Leadership Faces Challenges and Opportunities

Published: 04 March 2014

ID: G00251390

Analyst(s): John Christopher Rizzuto


Satya Nadella has taken over as Microsoft's CEO at one of the most pivotal points in the company's history. How might Microsoft recapture its past glory and innovative roots as Steve Ballmer moves to the executive boardroom?

Table Of Contents


  • Introduction
  • Implications for Investors
  • Down, but Not Out
  • The Possible Problems
    • Strategy Failings
    • Innovation Inaction
    • Big, Complex, Intractable
    • A Stack of Cultural Issues
    • Product Woes
  • What the Future Holds
    • Nadella Takes Over
    • Kill the Cult
    • Reorganization and Spinoffs
    • Many Possibilities

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